Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NINJA RED RIDING HOOD- What the Kids Had to Say

The first NINJA RED RIDING HOOD reviews are in!  They are not from Kirkus.  They're not from PW. They are from an awesome bunch of third graders who live in Alberta, Canada.  This class got an F&G (an unbound review copy) and quickly realized that the wolf is the same one who appeared in THE THREE NINJA PIGS.



Here are their comments:

"The author used great juicy words!" - Mason

"This is seriously one of the best books I've ever read.  The author needs to make more of these!" - Nolan

"The page where Red Riding Hood comes out of her cape and becomes a ninja is the best surprise!" - Dyson

"I can't believe it ended that way!  A wolf has to eat meat!" - Gabby

"I think the illustrator was really smart.  He used the same animals from the end of the Three Ninja Pigs at the beginning of Ninja Red Riding Hood." 

"I wonder what the next Ninja book will be?  Goldininja?" - Gage

"Dan Santat has a great imagination.  But I wonder why the wolf wasn't fatter in the The Three Ninja Pigs?" - Carter

"I still think that Wolf's ninja teacher is Red Riding Hood's Grandma."  -  Jenna

"The best part was when the Wolf was 'achin' for bacon'!" - Arland


Note: No children were offered bribes in exchange for favorable feedback.

Ki-ya!  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring has Sprung- MAPLE Giveaway!




We are only 13 hours out of winter and... I already feel a lighter spring in my step!   So, I decided to celebrate.  Remember, how I accidentally pre-ordered MAPLE twice?



Well, I am giving away my duplicate copy of this charming book by Lori Nichols!   Just leave a comment to enter.

For a second entry, comment on my Facebook post.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor.  She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn't always make an ideal playmate, it doesn't mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud--- which is often.  Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

Winner will be chosen, Sunday, March 23rd at 8:00 PM EST.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The 2013 Picture Book Oscars


And the awards go to...


BEST MALE CHARACTER

Nilson in NO FITS, NILSON!















BEST FEMALE CHARACTER

Ol' Mama in OL' MAMA SQUIRREL














BEST MALE SUPPORTING CHARACTER

The great white shark in CARNIVORES















BEST FEMALE SUPPORTING CHARACTER

The third pig in THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE SOMEWHAT BAD WOLF
















BEST CHARACTER IN A NON-SPEAKING ROLE

Bernice in SOPHIE'S SQUASH














BEST FULL CAST ENSEMBLE

Zack, Gracie, Manfred, Mookie, Mojo, the store manager, and all the other monsters in THE MONSTORE

















BEST FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

Narrator of PICTURE DAY PERFECTION















BEST COSTUMES

TEA PARTY RULES





BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

RIBBIT!














BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK












And finally....

BEST PICTURE BOOK

OLLIE AND CLAIRE



Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 Ninja Highlights


A lot of exciting things happened in 2013.   Here are our favorites:


Pig One's

Washington Redskin, Chris Cooley, reading to a class of third graders.



Pig Two's

Starring in this cool Chinese trailer!





Pig Three's

Being featured in the Scholastic Book Club Flyer





The Wolf's

Almost getting to eat these delicious hams.






Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What About Moose?

When my daughter Jordan was little, she was incredibly bossy with her younger brother.  One day when they were two and three, Josh was putting supplies away in the art cabinet. Jordan looked over his shoulder and said, "Not like that!"

Josh turned to me and said sadly, "I never do anything right."    

Poor little guy!

Later on, Jordan was watching a Franklin episode on TV and it happened to be about bossiness.  

I watched... extremely interested to see how it would play out    Franklin was being bossy, so his friends all decided not to play with him anymore.  Naturally, he "learned his lesson" and apologized and promised not to be bossy anymore. 

I said to my writing partner Becky, "Let's write a story about bossiness that is not preachy."

And WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? was born. 

Moose is building a tree house with a bunch of friends.   He is so busy ordering everyone around that he doesn't realize that he is getting boxed inside. 

I am thrilled to announce that this story was recently acquired by the lovely Emma Ledbetter at Atheneum (Simon & Schuster).  

And in case, you already knew that, here is some new news-  it will be illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi!  

We are super excited to see Keika bring this story to life!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Why I Don't Blog Anymore

When I started to blog in late 2008, I was madly in love with it.  One might even say "obsessed."  (Especially if "one' happened to be a neglected member of my family)

I got 169 posts up in my first full calendar year, and must have read and commented on literally tens of thousands of others.  In 2010, I was down to 84 posts, and in 2012, I set a goal of 24 and sadly, couldn't even manage that. 

I used to get so many benefits from blogging.  A sense of community.  A feeling of connectedness and support. A way to procrastinate doing laundry.  

What happened?  I asked myself.

Did I have burn out?  Had I run out of things to say? Was it because my kids were older and were not giving me as much funny material?

How could I have stopped blogging?

And that's when I realized.... I haven't stopped. 

It is just now called-- Facebook.  Posts are shorter (and referred to as "status updates").  But the essence is the same. (just ask the neglected husband and kids)

And so, my days of posting here are pretty much behind me. However, since I can't update my web site myself, I will use this blog as the dynamic portion of my site. It'll kind of be my "News and Events" section.

And speaking of news... I have a LOT of it! 

So stay tuned.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The 2012 Picture Book Oscars


And the awards go to...


BEST MALE CHARACTER

Big Mean Mike in BIG MEAN MIKE





BEST FEMALE CHARACTER

Goldilocks in GOLDILOCKS AND JUST ONE BEAR

 



BEST MALE SUPPORTING CHARACTER

The dinosaur from Norway in GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS

 


BEST FEMALE SUPPORTING CHARACTER

Gran in ME WANT PET

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BEST CHARACTER IN A NON-SPEAKING ROLE

The carrots in CREEPY CARROTS!
 




BEST FULL CAST ENSEMBLE

Davy, Petey, Mike, Stu, Mickey, Carl, Pip, Ralph, Tate, Lenny, Gil, Ned, & Bob in ANOTHER BROTHER

 


BEST FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

Dog in DOG IN CHARGE





BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME




And finally....

BEST PICTURE BOOK

BOY + BOT